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Office of Independent Education & Parental Choice

Charter Schools

About Florida's Charter Schools

Charter schools are public schools of choice. They are very popular—and among the fastest growing school choice options in Florida. Charter schools are largely free to innovate, and often provide more effective programs and choice to diverse groups of students.

Since 1996, the number of charter schools in Florida has grown to over 615 in 2013-14. Charter school student enrollment now tops 229,000 students.

Check out the Charter School Program Statistics (PDF, 216KB) for more details.


  • Supporting Charter School Transition To Florida Standards

    Through Florida’s Race to the Top State-Level Project, Public Consulting Group (PCG) is presenting a multi-tiered comprehensive Professional Development system offering charter school administrators, teachers, and governing board members face-to-face regional training sessions and a web-based blended model to improve capacity of participating teachers and school leaders as they plan for and monitor next steps in Florida Standards implementation. Continue reading
  • Free PD Workshops for Florida's Charter Schools (July 2013 – August 2014)

    The Florida's Charter Schools Program (CSP) Office is sponsoring numerous Professional Development (PD) workshops facilitated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from August 2013 - August 2014. DEP workshops are open to all charter school educators at No Cost. Continue reading.
  • Charter Support Unit (CSU)

    A major objective set forth in Florida’s 2011-16 Charter School Program (CSP) grant with the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) requires the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) to establish a Charter Support Unit (CSU). Continue reading.

    The Florida Charter Schools Online Learning Community Project entitled "CPALMS CHARTER", has been launched by the Florida State University School (FSUS). Continue reading.

    The presentation provides an overview of Florida's Value-Added Model and how it should be used for teacher evaluations and walks participants through sample VAM reports and discusses the different data points. The webinar also provides guidance as to how charters schools may be interpreted and used within the teacher evaluation system. Continue reading.

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